Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bruce Springsteen – Union, NJ (09/22/74)

bruce springsteen - union new jersey - 1974

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Kean College
Union, NJ
September 22, 1974
JEMS Archive

Download: FLAC/MP3

Audience Recording (equipment unknown) by The Big A

JEMS 2012 transfer: master cassette (TDK D-180) > Nakamichi CR-7A >
Sound Devices USBPre2 > Audacity 2.0 (24/96) capture > iZotope RX
click repair > Peak 6.0 with iZotope Ozone 5.0 (speed corrected) >
resample 16/44.1 via iZotope MBIT+ > FLAC

01 Spirit In The Night
02 Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?
03 The E Street Shuffle > Having A Party
04 For You
05 Saint In The City
06 Cupid
07 Kitty’s Back
08 Sandy
09 Rosalta
10 A Love So Fine (A Night Like This) > Shout

JEMS is very pleased to issue this previously uncirculated recording
of an historically important and otherwise unheard show.

The recording from Kean College in Union, NJ is now the earliest
document we have of the “new look” E Street Band featuring Max
Weinberg on drums and Roy Bittan on piano. According to the essential
Brucebase Wiki, this free, outdoor show (which took place behind the
student center) was the fourth date played by the new line-up,
predating by 12 days Avery Fisher Hall, October 4, which had been the
first circulating recording with Max and Roy.

It gives us a fascinating glimpse into a period of transition for
Springsteen. As such, some of the arrangements heard here are
distinctive as the reconfigured band sorts out how to play the “basic”
set. While Bruce had previously performed songs in early 1974 that
would later appear on Born to Run, the only new material essayed at
Kean is a unique version of the Born to Run outtake “A Love So Fine,”
still in such an embryonic state that the chorus sung isn’t “a love so
fine” at all, but another title rumored to have been recorded for BTR:
“A Night Like This.” He also tags the end of the song with several
lyrics from the Isley Brothers’ “Shout.” According to Brucebase, by
the time the song is played again at Avery Fisher, the chorus had
changed to “A Love So Fine” for keeps.

The Kean tape also captures the earliest known cover of Sam Cooke’s
“Cupid” and a particularly punchy full-band version of “For You,” a
song Springsteen performed solo throughout most of 1974-75. Nearly
every track here is a little different than you’re used to given that
two of the band members are still learning their parts.

Our generous taper, The Big A, says he used a “standard-for-the-time,
no-frills, fat-paperback-sized Radio Shack-type tape recorder with a
built-in mike” to record the show. That description seems to match the
tape, which has hallmarks of ALC (automatic level control) where the
first note of a song starts out loud and a bit distorted before the
level adjusts. There are some distorted frequencies in the recording
and it is not as good as the very best we have of the era. But
considering the circumstances (it was the first Bruce show he ever
taped), the outdoor venue, the gear, the PA volume, etc. it is quite a
listenable document of the performance. We worked hard to improve the
sound, but most of what you hear is just what it is. Samples provided.

Very special thanks to The Big A for loaning JEMS the master tape and
to the ER Archive, who had a copy of the show that helped lead us to
the master.

BK for JEMS

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Jerry Garcia Band – Union, NJ (12/13/83)

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Jerry Garcia Band
Wilkins Theatre (Kean College)
Union, NJ
Early & Late Shows
12-13-1983

Download: FLAC/MP3

This is a tagged version of shnid: 77710

John Newberger’s MAC (Nak 300s > Sony D6) > GoodBear Cassettes* > GoodBear Computer (perhaps minor editing) > GoodBear CD’s > EAC > FLAC.

**admin note added 1/31/2008: Craig Eggar credits the master to John
Newberger; info file updated**

CD1 Early Show (70:01 minutes)
Mission In The Rain ~ 11:56
They Love Each Other ~ 7:18
Simple Twist Of Fate ~ 14:48
Run For The Roses ~ 5:14
I Second That Emotion ~ 9:56
Deal ~ 11:47
Encore — How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) ~ 9:00

CD2 Late Show (69:08 minutes) — Set 1
Cats Under The Stars ~ 10:34
Catfish John ~ 13:11
Someday Baby ~ 9:26
Love In The Afternoon ~ 9:43
Tangled Up In Blue ~ 13:57
CD2 con’t. — Set 2
Rhapsody In Red ~ 12:15

CD3 (20:22 minutes)
Gomorrah ~ 6:09
Don’t Let Go // > ~ 9:50 (cut)
Midnight Moonlight // ~ 4:22 (cut)

*Notes: From my cassettes late 1990s thanks to Craig Eggar.

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Jerry Garcia Band – Union, NJ (11/15/82)

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Jerry Garcia Band
11-15-1982
Wilkins Theatre (Kean College)
Union, NJ

Download SHN: Mediafire
Download MP3@320: Mediafire

Source: MSC>C>DAT>WAV>CDR>SHN.

Late Show
01 Mission In The Rain [10:03]
02 Harder They Come [14:04]
03 It’s No Use [10:09]
04 Mystery Train [09:02]
MISSING Run For The Roses
05 Dear Prudence > [12:51]
06 Tangled Up In Blue [11:35]
Encore
07 Midnight Moonlight [08:20]
Total time: 76:05

Comments: Very clean SBD recording – possibly MSC>DAT. CDR source provided by J.Powell.
DAE(EAC0.9b4, offset corrected, secure mode)>tracking (CDWav editor)>sector boundaries confirmed (SHNTOOL)>SHN(mkwact) by C.Ladner.

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Jerry Garcia Band – Union, NJ (02/28/80)

Jerry Garcia Band - After Midnight Kean College

Jerry Garcia Band
Wilkens Theatre
Kean College)
Union, NJ
2/28/80
Early and Late Shows

Links removed as this has been officially released.

MAC > DAT > CDR, Recorded by Eddie Claridge
w/ Sony ECM-280s > Sony TC-D5>MP3@320

Extraction using EAC, re-tracking using WavMerge
and CD Wave, .shn encoding using mkwACT, and
sector boundary verification using shntool by
jjoops@attbi.com.

Disc One (5) 57:05
-Early Show-
1. Crowd/Tuning [0:43]
2. Sugaree [14:04] [2:28]
3. Catfish John [11:12] [0:47]
4. That’s What Love Will Make You Do [9:44] [0:44]
5. Simple Twist of Fate [17:06] [0:14]

Disc Two (5) 34:34
-Early Show (con’t)-
1. Crowd/Tuning [0:23]
2. How Sweet It Is [10:06] ->
3. After Midnight [13:16] ->
4. Eleanor Rigby// Instrumental [4:03#] ->
5. After Midnight [5:25] [1:20]

Disc Three (9) 79:48
-Late Show-
1. Crowd/Tuning [0:04]
2. I’ll Take a Melody [13:36] [0:21]
3. Tore Up Over You [10:05] [0:07]
4. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door [13:48] [0:32]
5. Harder They Come [12:14] [0:46]
6. Tiger Rose* [3:33] ->
7. Promontory Rider* [4:42] [0:16]
8. Mission in the Rain [11:11] [0:47]
9. Midnight Moonlight [6:51] [0:49]

Notes
* w/ Robert Hunter
d2t04 Eleanor Rigby splice/gap @ 3:55, not much missing
d3t04 Knockin’ digi-scratch @ 5:31